English 101 A (Transue): Research Activity

Fall 2014

Searching for Scholarly Articles Activity

Library Research Activity

 

Finding a journal article in the library database for your research paper.

 

 STEP 1: Select Topic Before and while searching in catalogs, databases or the Web, you should clarify what information you need. Clearly state your topic in one or two sentences. Be as specific as possible.

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Example: I want to find information about mass media news reporting on the Internet and the impact errors have had on United States locales. 

STEP 2: Identify Keywords and Subject Terms

Underline the main concepts and keywords represented in the topic sentence above. Most topics can be broken down into two or three main concepts and subject terms.

Example:  I want to find information about mass media news reporting on the Internet and the impact errors have had on United States locales. 

 STEP 3: Create a List of Keywords and Subject Terms

Create a list of important words or phrases which describes each of your numbered keywords and subject terms in Step 2. These words will be used to search the databases.

KEYWORDS and SUBJECT TERMS

mass media

 

 

 news reporting

 

 

 United States

 

 

 errors

 

 

 

STEP 4: Perform Search in Database using Keywords and Subject Terms in Step 3 (Track Results)

Database Searched

Article Title

Date of Article

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click link here to watch how to cite articles in a database

http://support.epnet.com/training/flash_videos/citing_articles/citing_articles.html

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